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Cotswold District Council Formally Approves Down Ampney Neighbourhood Plan

Cotswold District Council is pleased to announce the formal adoption of the Down Ampney Neighbourhood Plan.

This decision comes on the heels of a resounding show of support from the community, with a staggering 95.6% of votes cast in favour of the plan during the public referendum held in February. This represents the highest percentage of votes in support of a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) to date in the Cotswold District, underscoring the overwhelming endorsement from residents for the proposed initiatives.

The Down Ampney NDP comprises eight policies aimed at safeguarding local views, green spaces, and key facilities while addressing concerns related to drainage, wastewater management, and housing design. The NDP has been meticulously crafted to reflect the aspirations and priorities of the Down Ampney community.

One of the notable features of the plan is the designation of Duke’s Meadow as a Local Green Space, a move aimed at securing its future amidst development pressures.

Commenting on the significance of this achievement, Cllr Juliet Layton, Cabinet Member for Planning and Regulatory Services, said: “The Down Ampney Neighbourhood Plan stands as a testament to the power of community-driven initiatives in shaping the future landscape of our towns and villages. With its locally distinctive policies and forward-thinking vision, the plan sets out the case for sustainable development and responsible stewardship of our natural and cultural heritage.

“I am truly impressed by the collaborative efforts that have brought this plan to fruition. My heartfelt congratulations go out to the Down Ampney Parish Council and all the dedicated individuals who have played a vital role in its development."

Andrew Scarth, Chair of the Down Ampney Steering Group, said: “After four years of work, the Down Ampney Neighbourhood Plan has been “made” and is now in force. The Steering Group would like to thank Down Ampney Parish Council, Cotswold District Council, and of course, the villagers of Down Ampney for all their assistance and support in achieving this important goal.”

Gareth Cope, Chair of Down Ampney Parish Council, said: “The Parish Council and the entire village would like to thank the hard work and determination from the Steering Group and all the other helpers in getting our Neighbourhood Plan made. 

“The benefits of having the Neighbourhood Plan include protection for Duke’s Meadow – our remaining green space in the centre of the village. Now that it is designated as Local Green Space it offers significant protection from any future development. 

“Through the Down Ampney Design Guide we can now influence where future developments are and what type and style of houses are built. We now have a document providing significant guidance when considering future developments, infrastructure requirements and much more.”

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Image: Image of Councillor Juliet Layton, CDC Cabinet Member for Planning and Regulatory Services meeting with members of the Down Ampney Parish Council and the Down Ampney Steering Group. Pictured from left to right: Cllr Juliet Layton, Geoffrey Tappern, Andrew Scarth and Gareth Cope.